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CChanel Rule: Simplicity

Me:  It’s simple

BFF (my best friend forever):  What is simple?

Me:  Fashion!  Clothing silly

BFF:  Girl I love you but what are you talking about?

Me:  The Coco Chanel Rule:  Simplicity

BFF: Well a tee shirt is pretty simple.  Would you not agree?

Me:  Yes, but it depends how it is put together.  Sequins, cut shoulders, loud prints

BFF:  I like a simple shirt that does not bring attention to my stomach or even tops that bring attention to me period.  I could never wear just hot pink or red.  Any of those rainbow tie dyes in a circle are a bit scary.

Me:  Totally agree.  I like to bring attention to myself but in a more gentle way.  What do you think of the shirt I am wearing today?

BFF:  Nice.  Simple.  Classic style with a bit of detail.  Perfect.

Me:  Thanks.

In a world that is so loud, fast and instant:  simple classic basic clothing will bring you more attention.  The Rule here is:  Simplicity.  When you look at the Chanel power house couture much of of her collection is about cut, visual (feel) and classic design.  There are simple trim details to the edges of a collar or sleeve.  The fabric could be just a stunning statement in itself.  Coco never clutters.  It is a balance between the owner and the clothes.  And this is the secret I am passing onto you.  Pick and choose tops, blouses, tunics and shirts that look best on you.  Think of the garment as a base and you are the canvas.  If you want to add accessories will the details of the shirt get in the way?  Find the sleeve that enhances your comfort and style.  Most of us have great arms from the elbow to the wrist.  Pick a shirt that is less that elbow length and add some amazing bangles.

It’s easy to go overboard when you are in a hurry.  Build a simple clothing foundation so when you are rushed it is easy to choose.  Now get out there and sort through you closet!

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Stephen, Your Designer

“There is an amazing feeling of artistic accomplishment when all the parts come together into one harmonious aesthetic. It's a connection with who you are and the elements you choose to express yourself visually. This is what making clothing is all about for me. It's like when a songwriter hears his first written notes from a voice or a baker who has practiced a recipe and nails it or a figure skater who exceeds her own expectations. I express my sense of art in clothing. I see things in color, shape and texture. I react to the touch of silk on my skin and my eyes are aware of how color combinations make me feel. My goal is to bring all of these intuitive notions to garments that are sized for larger women. If I can accomplish this then I have reached my goal.” – Stephen

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